New Horizons receives Access Award

As the LA County Board of Supervisors and Commission on Disabilities recognizes nonprofits.

During the month of October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), New Horizons was honored with an Access Award from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities, after being nominated for recognition by LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl (3rd District).

Held in honor of Disability Awareness Month each October, the annual Access Awards honor individuals and companies that have promoted equality and accessibility and/or made outstanding contributions for people with disabilities.

Since its founding in 1954, New Horizons assists individuals with special needs through job training and placement, education, counseling, residential services and social programs, with a focus on providing personalized attention to help each individual gain confidence, skills, dignity and independence. The organization provides services and support for approximately 3,000 individuals throughout the greater San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys of Los Angeles.

“At New Horizons, our goal is to work together toward an inclusive world that celebrates strengths, respects abilities and embraces diversity,” said John C. Brauer, M.A., president and CEO of the nonprofit. “It is a tremendous honor to have our efforts recognized, and we look forward to continuing to do more to help each individual thrive. Thank you to all of our team members, volunteers, partners and clients who made this exciting accomplishment possible.”

Brauer, Ken Miles, New Horizons Board Chair, Holly Rasey, New Horizons Sr. Director of Development and Communications, along with Sharoll Jackson, New Horizons Volunteer Services Coordinator, were all on hand to receive the recognition.  They celebrated alongside community leaders and other Access Award recipients at a luncheon held on Oct. 21 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

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